Dunnet Bay Distillery
Set up and run by husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillery is located in Caithness in far north of Scotland.
The couple are passionate about handcrafting spirits that celebrate the heritage and provenance of the Scottish Highlands and pride themselves on using local hand-foraged botanicals.
The distillery is most famous for producing the multi award winning Rock Rose Gin, which was launched to critical acclaim in 2015. The gin is hand distilled and features a carefully selected collection of local and traditional botanicals, including juniper berries, rowan berries and sea buckthorn, which are used to create a truly exceptional gin with a unique flavour profile.
Many of the botanicals are hand foraged from the local cliffs and forests and its name comes from one of these botanicals, the Rhodiola rosea (a rose in the rocks), which was discovered on the distillery’s first botanical forage along the Caithness cliffs and which adds a delicate floral note to the gin. In fact, this precious plant that was once pillaged by the Vikings who believed it would give them extra strength and make them live to 200!
Martin and Claire also now produce Holy Grass Vodka, which as with Rock Rose Gin, features many local botanicals, including the unusual Holy Grass, which brings a distinct herbaceous flavour to the vodka. The vodka is a tribute to the local legendary botanist, Robert Dick, who first discovered the unusual botanical Holy Grass on the banks of nearby Thurso River in the 1800s.
A celebration of local produce and ingredients, the spirit is also infused with a carefully crafted vapour of Highland apples and apple juice, to complement the sweetness of the Holy Grass. The result is a delicate and fresh vodka with a creamy smooth finish. Martin and Claire Murray have even devised a secret and completely unique way to distil the vodka, using Elizabeth, their traditional copper pot still, and Caithness stone.
Located on the North Coast 500, the distillery welcomes visitors over the summer months, from May – September. Tours run on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm, plus on Saturday’s at 11am and 1pm. Visitors can expect to enjoy a tour of the botanical gardens, meet Elizabeth and of course, try a sample of the gin and vodka.
For further details, go to: www.dunnetbaydistillers.co.uk/dunnet-bay-distillers